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Borge Mogensen’s house.

I keep meaning to share these wonderful photos of Danish furniture designer Børge Mogensen’s house in Gentofte, North Copenhagen. The house was designed and built by Mogensen 1958, and he lived there with his wife, Alice, until his death in 1972. The house is filled with Mogensen’s own furniture designs.

Borge Mogensen's house

Mogensen’s iconic model 2213 sofa sits in the living room. It was specifically designed for this space in 1962, and, like much of his furniture, has been in continual production since. (This is my absolute favorite sofa design ever, by the way, and I dream of finding a worn-in, decades-old one of my very own someday…at a thrift store…for $25. This will never happen, but like I said…it’s a dream.) Across from the sofa are two of Mogensen’s 1959 Spanish chairs, another of my favorites.

Borge Mogensen's house

Borge Mogensen's house

Two dining areas, both featuring Børge Mogensen-designed, Shaker-inspired dining tables and simple rattan-seat chairs. The pendant lamps over both tables are by fellow Danish designer Poul Henningsen.

Borge Mogensen's house

Borge Mogensen's house

More Poul Henningsen lighting, and one of Mogensen’s model 3237 chairs, again influenced by both Shaker and Spanish furniture construction. (Check out the nail pattern on the ceiling, too!)

All of these photos were taken by Andrew Wood for Magnus Englund’s (co-founder of Skandium) excellent book, Scandinavian Living. It’s been out of print for a while now, but if you can get your hands on a used copy, I highly recommend it!

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21 Comments

  • Reply Lara November 20, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Thanks for sharing these, they truly are inspirational.

  • Reply Matt November 20, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Oh jeez, that place is the best. Børge had some serious skills.

  • Reply Liza Friedman November 21, 2010 at 2:36 am

    So glad to see that people still love and admire Børge Mogensen. I am proud to go to work every day and work with his designs. :)

  • Reply Marianne November 21, 2010 at 3:21 am

    I’m totally smitten with that sofa too, and I’m seriously considering moving to Denmark for a year to score furniture, lamps and other cool stuff from Den blaa avis (their Craigslist). :)

  • Reply Maddy November 21, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Gorgeous. Many thanks for putting up the photos.

  • Reply Charlotte November 21, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    This home is just perfect in every way. It’s modern without feeling cold or sterile and has rustic, organic touches without appearing unsophisticated. What a treat; thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Mandy November 21, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I adore this man …. and I WANT that couch !!!

    PS so enjoyed your last post … “Manhattan ” has been a favorite since I was a little girl ….

  • Reply Jo November 21, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    The fabulous Paul Henningsen light fixture in the second shot down has just featured in a ‘high-low’ article in this months Canadian magazine Style at Home.
    Seems classic style will last forever.
    Jo xx

  • Reply simone November 22, 2010 at 5:37 am

    I love the fireplace.

  • Reply heather November 22, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    I’ve always loved that sofa… haven’t found one yet though! I could move right into this house as-is.

  • Reply Rosa, Copenhagen November 28, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    It is truly a very nice house.
    I pass it when I’m on my bike heading for Ikea. A lovely neighborhood, too – I live just around the corner :-)
    Personanlly I’m not so much in love with his rattanseat and 3237 chairs – I don’t find them comfortable to sit in. The sofa however is just georgious!
    Thank you for this post.

  • Reply neb November 30, 2010 at 7:21 am

    here’s that sofa again… via via via

    http://theseventytree.blogspot.com/2010/05/light-and-bright.html

  • Reply Cassie December 8, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Very beautiful and inspirational. Thanks for posting.

  • Reply Ben August 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Is the wooden chair with leather upholstery in the 4th picture also a Mogensen design? I would love to know! (I mean the chair by the lovely fireplace.)

    • Reply Anna @ D16 August 3, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      Yes it is!

      • Reply Ben August 4, 2011 at 4:16 pm

        Thanks! Does it have a model number or name?

        • Reply Anna @ D16 August 4, 2011 at 4:31 pm

          I don’t have the book handy, but I can check this weekend. If you don’t see a reply from here here by Saturday night, feel free to bug me again. ;)

  • Reply Ben August 8, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Hi Anna,
    Did you come across that book? Sorry to bug you!

    • Reply Anna @ D16 August 8, 2011 at 8:11 am

      Argh! I completely forgot, I’m sorry—it’ll have to wait until next weekend, I don’t have access to the book again until then.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 August 8, 2011 at 8:13 am

      FYI, I’m quite sure the book doesn’t have a model number or anything like that—at most, what I’d be giving you is a year. You might be better served by spending some time Googling! ;)

  • Reply Ben August 9, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Don’t worry and even just a year would be great. I’d really appreciate that. I’ve tried googling but without any luck so far. A little more detail might give me a better chance!

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